I have decided to change the name of this meetup to NYC Bluegrass Slow Jam. The reason? Others have expressed interest in publicizing the meetup and I don't want the current name to discourage potential members from finding us or joining us if they don't play the banjo.
I just wanted to let you all know, so that you are not surprised when you find a message from a seemingly new group. I hope you're all ok with this!! I think it will be good for the group.
In addition, I would like to make a more regular schedule. Therefore, the meetup will take place every SECOND and FOURTH Monday at Paddy Reilly's. As you know, the next meetup is on Monday April 7th, which happily falls on the second Monday of April.
See you then. If you have suggestions for me, please feel free e-mail. Thanx
This meetup caters to an advanced beginner/intermediate level player. The jam happens every SECOND and FOURTH MONDAY of the MONTH -- even when I forget to post it on the site. As the jam has evolved, I have hired a rotating group of leaders who lead the jam from 7:30-9:30. This means that I must charge a $5.00 fee, so we can pay a leader. Each leader will choose 25-30 of their favorite bluegrass/old time songs. Click on the "Pages" tab at the top of the page for a description of our leaders and their songs.
Having a leader does not mean that jam participants cannot lead songs. But it does mean that there will be a few set guidelines. For example, people can only lead songs if 1) they know the song fully (including the words) 2) they are able to give out breaks effectively. This is a skill, and one that anyone can learn.
Finally, I want to let peole know that the jam is not a structured "class". Rather, it is a forum where leaders will be available to guide us along, ensure that there is a constant stream of jam-enhancing songs, and facilitate an amazing experience that is geared to an advanced beginner/intermediate level of player. Generally, after 9:30 or 10:00 an unstructured jam takes place, with higher level players. ALL are welcome to that too!